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  • 16:40 George Osborne: Abuse inquiry is not about personalities On air

    On Air | George Osborne MP | Chancellor of the Exchequer | Pooled Footage Video George Osborne MP

    George Osborne said the Government’s child abuse inquiry was not about personalities, but about finding the truth, amid increasing pressure on Fiona Woolf to stand down as the inquiry’s chair. “This isn’t about personalities. This is abo... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 30th October
  • 20:00 2020 Vision The House Magazine

    20:00 | The House Magazine | PoliticsHome The House Magazine 2020 Vision

    Words: Paul Waugh Photos: Paul Heartfield    My eyesight has been improving,” says Danny Alexander. “They say you get more long-sighted as you get older, and I was slightly short-sighted to start with. So maybe that process has del... Continue to article

  • 20:00 Kevin Maguire: For the sake of our democracy we should strive for short, fixed-term parliaments The House Magazine

    20:00 | The House Magazine | PoliticsHome The House Magazine Kevin Maguire: For the sake of our democracy we should strive for short, fixed-term parliaments

      Those of us who love the thrill of a general election would’ve hated the Septennial Act of 1716 which increased the maximum length of parliaments from three to seven years – a period longer than the Second World War, or the time it tak... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 29th October
  • 14:00 George Osborne: We are not paying EU £1.7bn on December 1 On air

    On Air | George Osborne MP | Chancellor of the Exchequer | ITV News Video George Osborne MP

      George Osborne reiterated UK opposition to an EU demand for an extra £1.7bn toward its budget, and said Britain's stance had sparked a "proper conversation" on the issue. "We're making it clear: we are not paying this big sum of mon... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 27th October
  • 10:01 Department for Culture, Media and Sport statement: DCMS: Cathedrals secure £8m for repairs as part of First World War Centenary Fund Press Release

    10:01| Press Release | Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    Department for Culture, Media and Sport press release Cathedrals across England will receive over £8million for urgent repairs in the second round of grants from the First World War (FWW) Centenary Cathedral Repair Fund, Culture Secretar... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Sunday 26th October
  • 08:57 Story (4 links): HS2 'will save green belt' - Sir David Higgins

    PoliticsHome HS2 'will save green belt' - Sir David Higgins Story View links

    Britain's green belt will be destroyed by housebuilding unless the proposed £50bn HS2 goes ahead, the chairman of the project has said.

    Sir David Higgins told the Sunday Times that a new motorway would have to be built through the Chilterns if the plans were scrapped.

    George Osborne is set to announce the next phase of HS2, including a new railway line between Leeds and Manchester, tomorrow.

  • 07:44 Ed Balls and Andrew Adonis: The Tories are not the party of the North News

    Opinion | The Independent on Sunday source icon

    A Labour Treasury will also allow city and county regions that come together in combined authorities Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 24th October
  • 11:34 George Osborne: EU demand for more money is totally unacceptable On air

    On Air | George Osborne MP | Chancellor of the Exchequer | BBC News Video George Osborne MP

    George Osborne said the EU's request for more funds from the UK was "totally unacceptable". "I learned earlier this week and it’s totally unacceptable. It’s unacceptable to be presented with a multi-billion pound demand with six weeks t ... Continue to article

  • 11:31 Ed Balls: Government should have called EU talks last week when it found out On air

    On Air | Ed Balls MP | Shadow Chancellor | BBC News Video Ed Balls MP

    Ed Balls said the Government should have called a meeting of EU finance ministers to discuss the new surcharge on Britain's contribution to the EU budget last week, when it was notified. "It’s unacceptable and it’s unacceptable that it’s... Continue to article

  • 10:13 Labour: Ed Balls response to GDP figures Press Release

    10:13| Press Release

    Labour press release Ed Balls MP, Labour's Shadow Chancellor, responding to today's GDP figures, said: “For all George Osborne's claims that the economy is fixed most people are still not feeling the recovery. Working people are over ... Continue to article

  • 10:12 George Osborne: Strong GDP figures show Britain is leading the pack On air

    On Air | George Osborne MP | Chancellor of the Exchequer | BBC News Video George Osborne MP

    George Osborne said this morning's GDP figures were "strong" and that they "show Britain is leading the pack". "We’ve had the GDP numbers this morning and they show that the British economy grew by 0.7% in the last quarter, 3% in the las... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 23rd October
  • 13:13 George Osborne: Govt is removing barriers for women in work On air

    On Air | George Osborne MP | Chancellor of the Exchequer | Sky News Video George Osborne MP

    George Osborne said the Government was committed to encouraging more women to get into work. “We want to remove the barriers that exist to women who want to work getting into the workplace – and indeed the barriers that still exist for w... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 21st October
  • 15:30 Chris Leslie: Low pay to blame for deficit rise On air

    On Air | Chris Leslie MP | Shadow Chief Secretary to the ... | BBC News Video Chris Leslie MP

    Chris Leslie said low pay was to blame for George Osborne’s failure to reduce the deficit.   “There was the promise from George Osborne that by the time of the election, next May, there wouldn’t be a deficit at all. He was going to get r... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 20th October
  • 10:45 Clegg hints at recall changes PoliticsHome News

    Clegg hints at recall changes PoliticsHome News

    Nick Clegg has said he wants to change the Government’s MP recall proposals, but hit out at Conservative Zac Goldsmith’s plan as the “rich man’s recall”. The Coalition's plans have come under fire from critics because a House of Commons ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Sunday 19th October
  • 10:25 Lord Heseltine: Recession will help win EU support for Tory immigration reforms On air

    On Air | Lord Heseltine | Former Deputy Prime Minister | Murnaghan, Sky News Video Lord Heseltine

    Lord Heseltine said David Cameron was likely to win support for his plans to reform immigration rules within the European Union because of the impact of the recession on public opinion. “He’s got one big thing going for him: we’ve had a ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 16th October
  • 20:00 The place race The House Magazine

    20:00 | The House Magazine | PoliticsHome The House Magazine The place race

      Words: Paul Waugh Photos: Paul Heartfield      “To Turbo Fizzle…best wishes…Charles”.  Greg Clark is holding a signed photo of a Space Shuttle astronaut and beaming at the personal dedication. But the portrait from Comma... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 15th October
  • 10:44 George Osborne: Jobs figures are further progress towards our goal of full employment On air

    On Air | George Osborne MP | Chancellor of the Exchequer | BBC News Video George Osborne MP

    George Osborne said today's unemployment figures were "further progress" towards his goal of full employment. "There are risks out there in the global economy that threaten Britain so we’ve got to go on working through this plan that is ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 14th October
  • 12:47 Lobby:No 10: PM has addressed Cabinet on ISIL Lobby Briefings

    12:47 | Lobby Briefings | PoliticsHome Lobby Briefings

    David Cameron and Philip Hammond addressed Cabinet this morning on the Government's efforts to combat ISIL, while George Osborne and Danny Alexander updated the Cabinet on the Autumn Statement. The Prime Minister's Official Spokesman sai... Continue to article

  • 11:11 George Osborne: Double-dose of good economic news On air

    On Air | George Osborne MP | Chancellor of the Exchequer | Pooled clip Video George Osborne MP

    George Osborne welcomed today's figures showing a fall in inflation. "We have a double-dose of good economic news for families and for pensioners. The increase in prices is much lower than expected. And that helps families. And the pensi... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 13th October
  • 12:26 Dave Prentis: NHS staff are not asking for an impossible pay rise On air

    On Air | Dave Prentis | General Secretary, Unison | Daily Politics, BBC Two Video Dave Prentis

    Dave Prentis said NHS staff who were on strike today had not asked “for an impossible pay rise.”    “They are not putting in a demand for an impossible pay rise. We have a pay review body just like the police do, just like the MPs do. An... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 9th October
  • 13:50 Guardian: George Osborne: eurozone risks slipping back into crisis News

    News | The Guardian source icon

    Chancellor says slowdown is affecting UK manufacturing and exports but economy is better placed to weather storm George Osborne has said the eurozone risks slipping back into a crisis with negative co... Continue to article

  • 11:25 George Osborne: Eurozone risks slipping back into crisis On air

    On Air | George Osborne MP | Chancellor of the Exchequer | BBC News Video George Osborne MP

    George Osborne said the eurozone "risks slipping back into crisis" as figures show German exports fell sharply in August. "This is a critical moment for the British economy. The eurozone risks slipping back into crisis. Britain cannot be... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 8th October
  • 14:51 Jo Swinson: Conservatives don't care about poorest people On air

    On Air | Jo Swinson MP | Lib Dem Business minister | Sky News Video Jo Swinson MP

    Jo Swinson accused the Conservatives of not caring about the poorest people in society. “Yeah, we’re in a coalition and we can work constructively with our coalition partners, but at the same time we’re in different political parties and... Continue to article

  • 13:00 Transcript: Nick Clegg speech to the Liberal Democrat conference Transcripts

    Nick Clegg speech to the Liberal Democrat conference Transcripts

    Check against delivery Before I say anything else, I’m sure I speak on behalf of all Liberal Democrats when I say that our hearts and condolences go out to the family and friends of Alan Henning and David Haines for their tragic loss. ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 7th October
  • 17:00 Nick Clegg: Lib Dems will increase Capital Gains Tax On air

    On Air | Nick Clegg MP | Deputy PM and Lib Dem leader | BBC News Video Nick Clegg MP

    Nick Clegg said the Tory pledge to raise the personal allowance to £12,500 had been devised by the Liberal Democrats. “We are saying in the first year of the next parliament, towards this magic objective - which I've been going on about ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 6th October
  • 16:00 Chancellor announces landmark £75 million deal between Carillion and Dubai World Trade Centre; the first to be supported by UK Export Finance’s Direct Lending Facility Press Release

    16:00| Press Release

    A press release from the Treasury: Chancellor announces landmark £75 million deal between Carillion and Dubai World Trade Centre; the first to be supported by UK Export Finance’s Direct Lending Facility Chancellor of the Exchequer, George... Continue to article

  • 14:56 Independent: David Cameron's Tories are just like Ukip – but without the beer,says Vince Cable News

    News | The Independent source icon

    Vince Cable today launched the Liberal Democrats’ toughest onslaught yet on the Conservatives’ economic plans, accusing David Cameron and George Osborne of lying to the voters with their promise to wi... Continue to article

  • 14:09 Guardian: Vince Cable: Tory pledge to balance budget without raising taxes is a lie News

    News | The Guardian source icon

    At Lib Dem conference, business secretary accuses chancellor of dishonesty and says Tories obsessed by spending cuts Vince Cable has accused George Osborne of lying to the British people by claiming t... Continue to article

  • 12:35 Transcript: Business Secretary Vince Cable’s conference speech Transcripts

    Business Secretary Vince Cable’s conference speech Transcripts

    Firstly it is a pleasure to celebrate with Alistair Carmichael and the rest of the Scottish team after our successful cross-party campaign to keep the United Kingdom united. British politics owes a lot to Scotland: some of our greatest ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Sunday 5th October
  • 10:55 Ed Balls: Royal Family would have to pay mansion tax On air

    On Air | Ed Balls MP | Shadow Chancellor | Murnaghan, Sky News Video Ed Balls MP

    Ed Balls confirmed that the Royal Family would be subject to Labour's proposed mansion tax. “What we’ve said is that we’ll use the same rules as the Government has for the enveloped dwellings tax [the Annual Tax on Enveloped Dwellings], ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 2nd October
  • 16:38 Story (7 links): Carney: Help to Buy not an economic risk

    PoliticsHome Carney: Help to Buy not an economic risk Story View links

    The Governor of the Bank of England has said that the Government's Help to Buy scheme does not pose risks to economy stability.

    Mark Carney has written to George Osborne after the Financial Policy Committee conducted an assessment of the impact of Help to Buy.

    “Under current market conditions, the Committee assesses that the scheme does not pose material risks to financial stability,” Mr Carney wrote.

    He also said that the scheme was not a “material driver” of surging house prices.  

    Mr Osborne responded to the letter, saying: "I was pleased to see the Committee's conclusions that the scheme does not pose material risks to financial stability in the UK and has not been a material driver of recent house price growth.”

    The FPC has requested additional powers to oversee the mortgage market, asking the Treasury to allow it to direct the Prudential Regulation Authority and the Financial Conduct Authority to require lenders to place limits on residential mortgage lending loan to-value-ratios.

  • 11:39 Council of Mortgage Lenders statement: CML responds to FPC announcements Press Release

    11:39| Press Release | Council of Mortgage Lenders

    Council of Mortgage Lenders press release The Council of Mortgage Lenders welcomes the Financial Policy Committee's assessment to the Chancellor today that no changes are needed to the Help to Buy: mortgage guarantee scheme, which is wor... Continue to article

  • 09:50 Transcript: Letter from Mark Carney to George Osborne on Help to Buy Transcripts

    Letter from Mark Carney to George Osborne on Help to Buy Transcripts

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  • 09:38 HM Treasury: Bank of England review confirms that Help to Buy supports responsible lending Press Release

    09:38| Press Release

    Treasury press release Bank of England review confirms that Help to Buy supports responsible lending Today, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney and the Bank's independent Financial Policy Committee (FPC) has confirmed that the Govern... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 1st October
  • 07:06 William Hague: We've protected the NHS by cutting the welfare budget On air

    On Air | William Hague MP | Leader of the House of Commons | Good Morning Britain, ITV1 Video William Hague MP

    William Hague said the Conservative-led government had protect spending on the NHS, and that it had done so because it had made welfare cuts. "We’ve been able to afford, in the last few years, to protect the spending on the National Heal... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 30th September
  • 14:44 Osborne defends welfare crackdown PoliticsHome News

    Osborne defends welfare crackdown PoliticsHome News

    George Osborne has defended his announcement that the Conservatives would freeze working-age benefits for two years if they are elected. The Chancellor was interviewed on a range of subjects by ITV News’ Tom Bradby for a Times fringe ev... Continue to article

  • 10:07 Guardian: David Cameron defends plans to cut benefits for working poor News

    News | The Guardian source icon

    PM says plans for £3bn-a-year cuts set out by George Osborne are better than reducing benefits for wealthier pensioners David Cameron has defended his plan to carry out billion of pounds of extra cuts... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 29th September
  • 16:20 Dan Hodges blog: George Osborne didn't have a rabbit in his hat. Instead, he had a piranha News

    Blog | Telegraph politics blog source icon

    Today George Osborne wrote himself into the political history books. We will have to wait another seven months to find out the precise details of what was penned. But it will be one of two things. Continue to article

  • 12:49 Conservatives statement: George Osborne: Choose the future Press Release

    12:49| Press Release | Conservatives Conservatives

    A press release from the Conservatives: Osborne: Choose the future In his conference speech today, George Osborne set out the choice at the next election between David Cameron and the Conservatives who have answers to the big questions... Continue to article

  • 12:17 Osborne vows two-year welfare freeze PoliticsHome News

    Osborne vows two-year welfare freeze PoliticsHome News

    Working age benefits will be frozen for two years under the next Conservative government, George Osborne has announced. Addressing the Tory party conference in Birmingham, the Chancellor said the UK's £100bn welfare bill was "not sustai... Continue to article

  • 07:10 George Osborne: Pension tax cut shows economic plan is working On air

    On Air | George Osborne MP | Chancellor of the Exchequer | Good Morning Britain, ITV News Video George Osborne MP

    George Osborne hailed today's pension tax cut announcement as a 'major change'. "For pensioners and for people saving for a pension this is a major change. This is all about securing a better, brighter future for them. And I am today abo... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 22nd September
  • 12:13 Transcript: Ed Balls' speech to the Labour conference Transcripts

    Ed Balls' speech to the Labour conference Transcripts

    INTRODUCTION Twenty years ago, starting at this Labour conference, we together took the historic step of reforming our party’s constitution. The result is on the back of our membership cards today. Our goal: ‘a community in which p... Continue to article

  • 11:41 Transcript: Chuka Umunna's speech to Labour conference Transcripts

    Chuka Umunna's speech to Labour conference Transcripts

    Conference, it’s good to be back in Manchester, Labour Manchester, with a Combined Authority achieving great things. Your example here is why we’ll push power away from Whitehall enabling cities and regions to be masters of their own des... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 12th September
  • 14:31 Story (2 links): Chancellor: £2.4bn in new deals with China

    PoliticsHome Chancellor: £2.4bn in new deals with China Story View links

    George Osborne will announce £2.4bn worth of new commercial contracts between British and Chinese firms today.

    The Chancellor will welcome China’s vice-premier Ma Kai for the sixth annual bilateral economic summit today.

    Among the announcements will be that Chinese bank ICBC will open a new branch in the UK and the creation of a new museum exchange programme.

  • 00:01 Treasury: British firms poised for more investment in China as annual economic summit begins in London Press Release

    00:01| Press Release

    Treasury press release British firms poised for more investment in China as annual economic summit begins in London The Chancellor has today hailed a decisive move in the UK-China relationship, announcing over £2.4 billion in new commer... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 4th September
  • 23:18 Bernard Jenkin: I am furious with Carswell, he will deeply regret defecting On air

    On Air | George Osborne MP | Chancellor of the Exchequer | BBC Newsnight Video George Osborne MP

    Bernard Jenkin said he was "furious" with Douglas Carswell for defecting to Ukip, and that he would "deeply regret it". "I really want to win this election, I really think it would be a disasterous result for this country if we don't win... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 3rd September
  • 00:01 Treasury: Chancellor comments on Global Competitiveness Report Press Release

    00:01| Press Release

    A press release from the Treasury: Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne said on the Global Competitiveness Report: "This is great news - and further evidence that our long term economic plan is seen by the world to be delivering ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 2nd September
  • 12:20 Osborne: Autumn Statement will take place December 3 PoliticsHome News

    Osborne: Autumn Statement will take place December 3 PoliticsHome News

    This year's Autumn Statement will be delivered on December 3, the Chancellor has confirmed. At Treasury Questions, George Osborne said: "The core purpose of the Treasury is to ensure the stability and prosperity of the economy. That ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 29th August
  • 11:33 George Osborne: Carswell defection counter-productive Campaign Diary

    11:33 | Campaign Diary | PoliticsHome Campaign Diary

    George Osborne reacted to the defection of Conservative MP Douglas Carswell to the UK Independence Party. "I think it's regrettable and frankly counter-productive. As Carswell himself says they way to get a referendum on membership of th... Continue to article

  • 09:12 HM Treasury: Chancellor launches tax relief, encouraging regional theatre touring productions Press Release

    09:12| Press Release

    HM Treasury Press Release Chancellor launches tax relief, encouraging regional theatre touring productions The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt. Hon. George Osborne MP, today visited the Theatre Royal in Brighton to launch the new theatr... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 27th August
  • 14:22 LabourList blog: Failing to meet export targets – Osborne has got it wrong again,says Mahmood News

    Blog | LabourList source icon

    Today, Shabana Mahmood, Shadow Treasury Minister, has explained how George Osborne has failed to meet export targets he set for himself . Continue to article

Stories involving George Osborne

HS2 'will save green belt' - Sir David Higgins

Britain's green belt will be destroyed by housebuilding unless the proposed £50bn HS2 goes ahead, the chairman of the project has said.

Sir David Higgins told the Sunday Times that a new motorway would have to be built through the Chilterns if the plans were scrapped.

George Osborne is set to announce the next phase of HS2, including a new railway line between Leeds and Manchester, tomorrow.


Carney: Help to Buy not an economic risk

The Governor of the Bank of England has said that the Government's Help to Buy scheme does not pose risks to economy stability.

Mark Carney has written to George Osborne after the Financial Policy Committee conducted an assessment of the impact of Help to Buy.

“Under current market conditions, the Committee assesses that the scheme does not pose material risks to financial stability,” Mr Carney wrote.

He also said that the scheme was not a “material driver” of surging house prices.  

Mr Osborne responded to the letter, saying: "I was pleased to see the Committee's conclusions that the scheme does not pose material risks to financial stability in the UK and has not been a material driver of recent house price growth.”

The FPC has requested additional powers to oversee the mortgage market, asking the Treasury to allow it to direct the Prudential Regulation Authority and the Financial Conduct Authority to require lenders to place limits on residential mortgage lending loan to-value-ratios.


Introducing elected mayors would stop brain drain from the North

Introducing elected mayors in the north of England could prevent a “brain drain” from the region, according to a think tank.

A report by Policy Exchange says elected mayors would be better placed to attract technology companies to the North and create thousands of new high-tech jobs in the process.

The Chancellor, George Osborne, has previously backed the idea of introducing more elected mayors in UK cities, saying such a move would help create a 'northern powerhouse'.


Mortgage lending is still tight despite a rise in the number of approvals in July. Mortgages advanced to customers increased to 56,000, up 7% on June, according the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) said.


Chancellor: £2.4bn in new deals with China

George Osborne will announce £2.4bn worth of new commercial contracts between British and Chinese firms today.

The Chancellor will welcome China’s vice-premier Ma Kai for the sixth annual bilateral economic summit today.

Among the announcements will be that Chinese bank ICBC will open a new branch in the UK and the creation of a new museum exchange programme.


Osbo announces new Office for Unconventional Gas

George Osborne has announced the creation of a new Office for Unconventional Gas after an independent science panel gave the go ahead for the controversial fracking process, albeit under a tight safety regime. The Chancellor's ‘dash for gas’ has been criticised by environments who fear Britain will not be able to meet carbon reduction targets.